How will Eco Design 2022 Regulations affect me?

With misleading information and sensationalised headlines filling the media regarding the future of the wood burning stove industry, it is becoming increasingly confusing for our customers to separate the facts from the fake news…

Put simply, in a bid to further reduce the impact heating appliances have on our environment, the bodies that govern our industry (DEFRA, Stove Industry Alliance and HETAS) have introduced stricter guidelines concerning efficiency levels and particulate matter by which a multitude of appliances manufactured after 1st January 2022 and sold in the UK (and Ireland) must adhere. These will be known as Eco Design 2022 Ready.

The primary areas of focus for the Eco Design directive are reduced particle emissions, lower Carbon Monoxide emissions and improved efficiency levels through better fuel standards and sustainability. Local councils will also be handed greater power to enforce the Eco Design Ready Scheme in their region.

Will my existing stove be legal after 2022?

Assuming you are a responsible stove owner with a HETAS certificate and using only fully-seasoned approved fuels, then you will not be affected by the new regulations as it will only concern stoves manufactured (and subsequently, purchased) after 1st January 2022.

You may wish to consider improving your existing stove however with the installation of an electrostatic filter (pulls the particles from the exhaust fumes before emitting into the atmosphere), using wood approved by Ready to Burn and ensuring you book in a minimum of two chimney sweeps a year.

Why should I consider an EcoDesign 2022 Ready stove today?

What can be better than making a difference now and start personally contributing to a proposed reduction in UK carbon emissions by two million tonnes per year? By purchasing an Eco Design Ready stove, you unlock the full potential of a modern, highly-efficient wood burner which could slash your particulate emissions by up to 84% vs your existing stove (SIA research), cut fuel costs and reduce your carbon footprint on the planet whilst continuing to enjoy all the benefits you love from your woodburning stove. You can even dispose of your old stove responsibly through the nationwide Stove Scrappage Scheme.

As a HETAS approved and environmentally aware stove retailer, here at Glowing Embers we will always promote the correct operation of wood burners in conjunction with approved fuels to ensure complete adherence to all current DEFRA, HETAS and government regulations and guidelines and fully embrace the Eco Design 2022 Ready initiative. Ignoring the sensationalised and false headlines that all stoves are to be banned, the new limits on emissions align our products with the world we exist in today and permits us all to continue enjoying the back to basics tradition of solid fuel heating appliances, responsibly.

Preparing Your Home for Autumn

While the sun is shining and we’re all making the most of the Great British Summer, it’s sometimes hard to believe that in a few months’ time we’ll be wrapping up warm, stoking fires and sweeping leaves in the garden. It may seem quite early to start thinking about these things and perhaps best not to until autumn properly arrives, however it is a good idea to get ahead and make some preparations for the season.

Here at Glowing Embers we thought we would put together a small guide to help you prepare for autumn, looking at the kinds of things you can get done around the and in the garden so you’re ready when the leaves begin to fall.

Outside

There are plenty of things you can prepare for outside in the run-up to autumn, making your life easier when the winds begin to blow and the rain starts falling. Not only will many of these tasks keep your house and garden in shape during the autumn months but also throughout winter and even into spring too.

  • Clean gutters and drainage

A very simple and easy task, cleaning your gutters and unblocking drains ensures they will not be constantly clogged up with any excess debris when the autumn rains begin to fall. However, don’t forget to keep on top of this when autumn does come around as falling leaves will likely block them too.

  • Check your home for cracks

While the weather is nice and warm, a quick inspection of your home in the summer can save a lot of hassle later in the year. If you see any cracks or holes in the walls or roof, get them repaired, either by yourself or by hiring a professional.

  • Cut back bushes

Another good excuse to get out in the garden this summer, cutting back any garden bushes not only keeps your garden looking good but avoids having to wrestle with an out of control hedge in the freezing winter months.

  • Plant bulbs

This may sound bizarre, but the best time to plant your bulbs for spring is towards the end of summer and beginning of autumn. While the soil is still soft and fertile, make sure you plant any spring flowers’ bulbs now before it gets too wet and cold.

  • Stock up on wood

If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace then it’s a good idea to start stocking up on some new logs and rotate any seasoned pieces of wood you have. Bring the seasoned wood indoors and replace it with fresh logs for next year.

  • Rearranging your shed

By making sure leaf rakes and shears are easy to hand in your shed whilst moving deckchairs and parasols to the back can save a lot of hassle when your having to tidy up the garden in autumn.

 

 

 

Inside

Whilst it’s important to prepare the outside of your house and garden for autumn, it is equally, if not more, important to get the inside of your home ready. With just a few simple changes and checks, you can relax and even save money during the autumn.

  • Check for draught

A simple check for cracks inside your house or gaps between windows can remedy a lot of problems in autumn and winter. There’s nothing worse than a draughty house in autumn and dealing with them now will keep you warm in the months ahead and save money on heating bills. If your spot a crack and/or a draught, get it filled or, if very serious, checked out by a professional.

  • Look at your thermostat

Setting your thermostat to an automatically lower temperature at night time when the temperatures begin to drop can save money on your heating bills.

  • Stock up on fuel

Making sure you have ample fuel in your house for your fire, whether it be wood or coal, means you don’t have to rush out to get some if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse.

  • Test devices

Device like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can run out of battery or become faulty after a time and in the autumn, having a fire on in your home means you are more likely to need them. Just give them a quick check and replace any batteries or devices where necessary.

  • Get chimney swept

It’s sometimes easy to forget that you ever needed to have a fire on in the house when the weather is so good. However, all that wood and coal you burnt last winter and autumn produces a lot of soot which can get clogged up in your chimney. While you’re not using your fireplace, hire a professional to inspect and sweep the chimney, and give your fireplace a good clean.

  • Get your boiler serviced

Whether this is a full service or a simple inspection by a hired professional, keeping on top of your boiler’s status will not only avoid any horrible surprises when it gets chilly but also potentially save you money on your heating bills.

 

Whilst there may seem like a lot that you need to do in the run up to autumn, in truth many of these tasks only take a few minutes to complete and some are even a nice way to enjoy the summer weather outdoors. Autumn may seem like a long way off, but, in reality, it’s only just around the corner and by staying on top of things and preparing your house and garden for the season you can save money and make your life much easier.

 

Cooking Ideas for Your Fire Pit

With the amazing weather we’ve been having this summer, it’s no surprise that we are rushing outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and make the most out of the summer heat wave. At the top of the list for many of us is the opportunity to have friends round in the garden for a get together, some drinks and some good food.

If you have a fire pit then no doubt you’ll be using it to keep your guests warm as the sun goes down in the summer evenings, however, many fire pits have more to offer than simply providing warmth for your garden. If you want to add a bit of class to your dining experience and impress your guests this summer, you can also use your fire pit to whip up some quick dishes which are not only easy to make but taste amazing.

Here are just a few of our favourite, fire pit cooking ideas which are both simple and will transform a simple barbeque into a delicious dining experience.

Kebabs

If there is one thing that is easy to cook and will be a crowd pleaser when it comes to outdoor cooking, then it’s a Kebab. Here a couple of quick and simple recipes which you can try on your firepit and impress friends and family.

 

Lamb Koftas

A staple in the Eastern Mediterranean, these kebabs are far tastier and healthier than your usual late night takeaway.

Serves between 4-5 people.

Ingredients:

  • 500g Lamb Mince
  • Olive Oil
  • 1tsp (teaspoons) of Ground Cumin
  • 2tsp of Ground Coriander
  • 1tbsp (tablespoon) of Chopped Mint
  • 2 Crushed Garlic Cloves
  • A Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients, minus the oil, in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Form the mixture into separate sausage shapes (how many is up to you), making sure they are very compact. Then thread them lengthways with metal skewers or wooden skewers soaked which have been soaked in water.
  3. Place the grill of your fire pit above the coals when they are white hot and then place the kebabs on the grill, brushing each with the olive oil.
  4. Cook for around 15 minutes, turning the kebabs every 5 minutes and brushing with more oil if needed.
  5. After 15 minutes, check a kebab by cutting it in half. If it is not pink then it is ready to go! Serve with mint yoghurt and inside toasted pitta breads.

 

Island Kebabs

If you want to make your barbeque a bit more exciting, then these sticky Island Kebabs are a brilliant way to enhance pork or chicken in your outdoor cooking.

Serves between 4-5 people.

Ingredients:

  • 600g Diced Chicken Breast or Diced Pork
  • Rapeseed Oil
  • A Pineapple cut up into 1” pieces
  • 1tbsp of Chopped Fresh Ginger
  • 1tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 2tbsp of Brown Sugar
  • 100g Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 Crushed Garlic Cloves
  • A Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Mixed Peppers cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 Red Onions cut into 1” pieces

Method:

  1. Place the meat you are using, the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and tomato ketchup in a bowl and mix together with a pinch of salt and pepper until thoroughly coated. Cover the bowl in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for at least an hour (overnight is preferable).
  2. After the meat has marinated, get some metal skewers or wooden ones that have been soaked in water beforehand, and thread a pieces of red onion on each one followed by a piece of pepper, pineapple and then a chunk of the marinated meat. Repeat this process on each skewer until you can’t fit any more on the skewers.
  3. Place fire pit grill above the coals when they are white hot and then place the kebabs on the grill, brushing each with the rapeseed oil and any remaining marinade.
  4. Grill for at least 15 minutes, turning the kebabs and brushing with oil and the marinade every 5 minutes. If you are using pork then the meat may only take 10 minutes so in this case turn and coat every 3 minutes instead.
  5. Check the thickest piece of meat on the kebabs after the cooking time and if it is not pink inside then it is ready!

 

 

 

 

Sides

It’s always great to have something on the side with your meal and there are plenty of side dishes you can make on a fire pit to have with your main event or, if you want, you can combine them together to make a scrumptious vegetarian main.

 

Baked Corn

A simple side which can be left to cook on the fire pit while you prepare other things, these deliciously sweet cobs of corn can be served with any savoury main. Just remember to get something to hold the ends with!

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 Pieces of Corn on the Cob
  • Butter
  • Chopped Chilli (optional)

Method:

  1. Place each cob in a parcel of foil with a piece of butter on top and add the chopped chilli if you like it spicy.
  2. Seal the foil parcels and place on the grill for 30 mins or until tender. If you want to char them up a bit you can place them on the grill after 20 mins outside the foil, turning them over every now and then until ready.
  3. When ready, take the cobs out of their foil and serve them up.

BBQ Sweet Potatoes

Easy to make and with little preparation needed, these baked sweet potatoes can be served alongside a meat dish or with the Proper Baked Beans recipe below as a main.

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medium Sized Sweet Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Rub each sweet potato in some oil and salt then wrap each one in two layers of foil.
  2. Seal the foil parcels and place the sweet potatoes on the grill for 30 mins, turning half way.
  3. When finished, serve as a side or with the baked beans.

 

Proper baked beans

Whilst it is easier to just get a can of baked beans and heat them up, these home cooked baked beans taste way better and are a staple you can come back to time and again. This dish is great with sausage and baked potatoes.

Serves 5 people as a main, between 7-8 people as a side

Ingredients:

  • 240g Drained Borlotti Beans from a Can
  • 240g Drained Haricot Beans from a Can
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Chopped Onions
  • 200g Barbeque Sauce
  • 500g Passata
  • 3 Crushed Garlic Cloves
  • 30g Muscovado Sugar
  • 2 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

Method:

  1. Get a large oven proof dish, place it on the grill and add 2 tbsps of oil.
  2. Cook the onion and garlic till soft and then add the sugar, stirring until caramelised.
  3. Chuck in the sprigs of rosemary, around 200g BBQ sauce, the passata and beans.
  4. Then, cover the pan in several layers of foil and place in the coals for around 8-10 minutes.
  5. When piping hot, place on a heat proof surface and serve.

Sweet Things

When it comes to cooking on your firepit, you don’t have to restrict yourself to savoury dishes. If you’re still a bit peckish after your mains or simply fancy a treat for yourself and your guests, here are a couple of moreish sweet recipes you can try on your firepit.

 

Grilled Nutty Bananas

Incredibly quick to knock up and extremely tasty, these yummy bananas are best served straight from the fire pit with a generous dollop of ice cream.

Serves 4 People

Ingredients:

  • 4 Ripe Bananas in their skins
  • A Handful of Chopped Hazelnuts
  • Chocolate Spread

Method:

  1. Get your bananas and place them on the grill with the skin on, turning them for about 6 minutes until charred.
  2. Cut the bananas open, remove the skin and slice each banana in half length ways.
  3. Fill each banana with chocolate spread and hazelnuts before serving with ice cream on top.

 

 

 

Baked Apples

A brilliant way to use up spare cooking apples or making use of an early windfall, these baked apples can be pre-prepared and then left to cook on the fire pit while you enjoy your main course.

Serves 4 People

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cooking Apples
  • 75g Raisins
  • 75g Chopped Dried Dates
  • 50g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 30g Chopped Nuts
  • Butter

Method:

  1. Core the cooking apples and make a slight cut around the centre of each apple so they look like cricket balls.
  2. In a bowl mix the raisins, chopped nuts, cinnamon, sugar and chopped dates.
  3. Stuff each apple with the mixture and top with a knob of butter.
  4. Wrap each apple in foil and place on the grill for 35 mins until soft. Then, when ready serve with a big dollop of vanilla ice-cream while still warm, or if it’s a bit chilly, some warm custard.

 

As you can see, there are loads of ways you can use your fire pit to produce a top-notch meal for your family or an outdoor get together with your friends. We hope you’ve been inspired to give outdoor cooking a go and make the most out of your fire pit this summer So get out there, get cooking and put some smiles on peoples’ faces!

If you want to find out more about Glowing Embers’ range of fire pits, you can click the link below:

https://www.glowing-embers.co.uk/outdoor-heaters/firepits?zenid=ig5ugegdcsuud3s4hp5p4p06l1

 

What does EcoDesign mean?

If you have been looking at getting a wood burning stove this year, then you may have heard the term ‘EcoDesign ready’ being used as well as a lot of media coverage on the environmental impact of wood burning stoves. These issues, however, have raised quite a few questions. What does EcoDesign actually mean? Do you need an EcoDesign wood burning stove and why should you consider buying one?

Well, here at Glowing Embers, we thought we’d guide you through everything you need to know about EcoDesign wood burning stoves, their benefits and the implications for stoves of in the future.

The Government and EcoDesign

With recent Government legislation aimed at improving air quality and creating a benchmark of environmental standards for wood burning stoves, it is important to know what is changing.

The Government have already made some moves towards making Britain’s air cleaner, including talks about clean air zones and introducing a ban on the sale of wood burning stoves that don’t meet environmental standards. Furthermore, a specific certification has recently been introduced for wood burning stoves, denoting whether they are eco-friendly or not.

These stoves have been checked by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) and awarded an ‘EcoDesign’ certificate. This means they produce less smoke and particle emissions than other woodboring stoves. Part of a European wide programme to lower harmful emissions in the atmosphere, the Government aims to make nearly all wood burning stoves DEFRA approved by 2022.

In the case of smoke control zones, which are currently being talked about by the Government and local authorities, such as Sadihiq Khan’s latest proposals for London’s pollution problem, having an EcoDeign wood burning stove may not only be beneficial but soon necessary.

EcoDesign Wood Burning Stoves

Wood burning stoves that have met the regulations set down by DEFRA differ from conventional stoves in a number of ways. Firstly, EcoDesign wood burning stoves are designed to allow as much air to the fire as possible, ensuring the fire is not ‘starved’ and, hence, smoky. According to the independent researchers SIA, Ecodesign stoves can reduce particle emissions by up to 90% when compared to an open fire and 80% when compared to a traditional stove.

Not only does this design reduce the amount of smoke and harmful particle pollution emitted by the fire, but it also increases its burning efficiency (over 70%) of the fire creating more heat with less fuel, creating less emissions and saving fuel in the process.

Here are a few examples of EcoDesign wood burning stoves you can buy today:

Jydepejsen Senza Steel Stove

Featuring a very modern and sophisticated design, the Jydepejsen Senza Steel Stove is also an incredibly efficient burner with an output of up to 5 kW and a fully DEFRA approved status. The stove comes with options for side glass panels and incorporates Jydepejsen’s own DuplicAir fire control system which allows you to control the primary and secondary air intakes to improve the efficacy and heat production of the fire further.

Aduro Asgard 2

Compact and contemporary, the Aduro Asgard 2 is the perfect EcoDesign wood burning stove for small properties or small spaces in households. Developed alongside the Danish Technological Institute, this wood burning stove has achieved DEFRA certification due to its high efficiency and incredibly low smoke emissions which also make it an ideal wood burner for smokeless zones.

Flavel Arundel Multifuel Stove

The Flavel Arundrel is a brilliant example of an affordable yet incredibly efficient wood burning stove which meets DEFRA’s EcoDesign standards. With an output of 4.9 kW and an efficiency of 78.4%, this wood burning stove is both cost effective and eco-friendly, with its low emissions making it more than suitable for smoke control areas.

Here we have highlighted just a few of the wood burning stoves that are EcoDesign ready and at Glowing Embers we have a wide selection of these eco-friendly stoves to choose from. If you would like to browse our range of DEFRA approved, EcoDesign wood burning stoves then flow the link here. For further information on how to reduce your stove’s emissions and help the environment, DEFRA have put together a useful guide which is full of useful tips for maintaining a wood burning stoves and keeping them eco-friendly:

https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/reports/cat07/1712041200_171010_open_fires_wood_burning_stoves_FINAL.pdf